Loire Valley & Burgundy

Loire Valley & Burgundy

Loire Valley & Burgundy Tour Snapshot

Come with us on a unique adventure to the heart of France—Paris, the Loire Valley, and Burgundy. You will be wined and dined at the finest French hideaway restaurants. Stay in an authentic 16th-century château. Meet the Tourangeaux, France’s purest blue-blooded French. See the majesty of the magnificent châteaux built by France’s royalty from medieval times to the Renaissance days of splendor. Relax in quaint cafés looking out onto 10th-century ruins and wander through picturesque streets too narrow for automobiles, lined with 14th-century half-timbered houses. Taste the finest wines from the Loire Valley and Burgundy. Clink your glass with private viticulturists in their 500-year-old caves. Take a fun cooking class, and then feast upon your chef-d’oeuvre! Best of all, let the French show you their timeless art of la joie de vivre and how to relax in true French style.

Tour Dates: September 18 – October 1, 2020

Tour Price: $7,390

Tour price includes:

  • Roundtrip airfare from Boston or New York to and from Paris*
  • Airport transfers
  • 12 nights deluxe accommodations of regional character : Paris (1), Truyes (4), Avallon (2), Beaune (3), Lyon (2)
  • All breakfasts, 3 lunches, 10 dinners
  • Full-time tour leader
  • 4 winery visits and tastings: 2 in the Loire Valley and 2 in Burgundy
  • Transportation by comfortable mini-coach or mini-van
  • Highlights include: Paris, Chartres, Loire Valley Châteaux: Chambord, Loches, d’Ussé, Chenonceau, and Langeais
  • Private guided visits of Loches, Chinon, Tours, Vézelay, Beaune, Dijon, Lyon
  • Cooking class in the chef’s kitchen
  • All museum and monument entrance fees
  • All tips and taxes
Tour price is per person based on double occupancy. Single supplements are available for those traveling alone who would like their own room.

*Cost of airfare can be deducted if you wish to make your own arrangements.

Loire Valley & Burgundy Itinerary

Depart the US, flying overnight to Paris.

Day 1
Arrive at the Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, where you are met by a shuttle driver and taken to our boutique hotel in the Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood on the Left Bank. We enjoy a bateau-mouche boat ride on the Seine River, and gather this evening for a gourmet welcome dinner.
Overnight: Paris  Meals: D
Day 2
Driving south from Paris, we stop for lunch in the town of Chartres and visit its magnificent 13th Century cathedral, known for its spectacular stained glass windows. We continue south to visit our first royal château, Chambord. This château is the largest of all in the Loire Valley. Built by King Francis I in the 16th century, it is the first château designed in the Renaissance style, inspired by Francis’ friend, Leonardo da Vinci.
We soon arrive in the country village of Truyes, where we spend the next four nights at a beautiful historic manor house in the heart of the Loire Valley. This is an ideal location to use as a base from which we can visit several magnificent châteaux, family-owned vineyards, and picturesque, medieval villages throughout the valley.
Overnight: Truyes  Meals: B, L, D
Day 3
Our first stop today is the lovely Château d’Ussé, which inspired the 17th-century author Charles Perrault to write Sleeping Beauty. It’s a true fairy-tale castle, surrounded by beautiful gardens. Next we enter the Chinon wine region and visit a small, family-owned vineyard. The owner proudly shows us his cave and invites us for a wine tasting lunch. In the afternoon we explore the medieval village of Chinon, steeped in history from the days when the Plantagenet King Henry II and his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, built the largest castle in Europe here. We take a guided walking tour in the footsteps of Joan of Arc, who came here to try to convince the Dauphin Charles that France should be French and not English. We return to our own château for cocktails before going out to dinner at a friend’s gourmet restaurant.
Overnight: Truyes  Meals: B, L, D
Day 4
This morning we visit the medieval town of Loches and its historic royal château. Most exciting is the Donjon with its display of outrageous torture instruments. In the village of Loches we shop in the market for local cheeses, baguettes, salami, olives, pâtés, French pastries, fruits, and wine. We then have an authentic French pique-nique. In the afternoon we visit the most famous château of the Loire Valley, Chenonceau. We round off the day with a visit to the wine village of Montlouis, where we visit a very special cave. The owner, an old friend, convinces us that his wines are, of course, the finest in the Loire Valley. Tonight’s dinner is a gastronomic treat in another historic château.
Overnight: Truyes  Meals: B, L, D
Day 5
Today we take a scenic drive along the Loire River to one of the oldest châteaux, Langeais. This impressive fortress, is furnished with medieval antiques and tapestries. Then it’s on to the historic city of Tours, the ancient capital of Touraine. We see the beautiful St. Gatien Cathedral, the Basilica where Saint Martin was buried in the 4th century (we can still see his tomb), and a tower built in 800 A.D. by Charlemagne. We have lunch in a medieval square, Place Plumereau, surrounded by half-timbered houses. When we return home to our manor’s kitchen, Dominique leads us in a French cooking class, followed by a delicious dinner we have prepared ourselves.
Overnight: Overnight  Meals: B, D
Day 6
After breakfast and au revoir to our new French friends, we leave Truyes and head to the eastern side of the Loire Valley to the famous wine region of Sancerre. After visiting a Sancerre winery for a tour and tasting, we have lunch in the pretty village high on a hill. We then cross into Burgundy and arrive at our lovely hotel, just outside the town of Avallon. We relax by the pool and then enjoy dinner at the gastronomic restaurant that boasts a Michelin star.
Overnight: Avallon  Meals: B, D
Day 7
This morning we visit the medieval town of Vézelay with a local guide. The remarkable history of this ancient town has won it its designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The abbey dates from the 11th century, but the town’s roots go back much farther. After our history lesson, we take a drive through the Burgundian countryside to Chablis, where a glass of the local wine makes us want to bring a case back home. We return to our resort for another gourmet dinner.
Overnight: Avallon  Meals: B, D
Day 8
Today we head to the charming wine capital of Burgundy, Beaune. After checking into our beautiful hotel in the town center, we choose a place for lunch and then browse the quaint streets. A wine tasting class helps us to prepare for the Burgundies we are going to taste throughout the rest of our trip. Tonight we should try some of Beaune’s famous boeuf bourgignon.
Overnight: Beaune  Meals: B, L, D
Day 9
This morning our local guide takes us through the fascinating Hospices de Beaune— an ancient hospital in the center of the village with an amazing story. After a visit to the Mustard Museum, we enjoy a free afternoon to explore.
Overnight: Beaune  Meals: B, D
Day 10
Today we take an excursion to the city of Dijon, which gave its name to the mustard which is no longer grown here but is still the best in the world! Dijon is a beautiful small city with elegant squares, monuments, and tree-lined avenues. After a guided tour and lunch, we drive back to Beaune along the famous Côte de Nuits and Côte St. Georges wine route, stopping at a local winery for a tour and tasting. Tonight we dine at Beaune’s finest restaurant.
Overnight: Beaune  Meals: B, D
Day 11
We head south from Beaune to visit the famous historic Cluny Abbey, once an important stop on the pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compostelo, which played an important role in the expansion of Christianity in the Middle Ages. We then find ourselves in the heart of the Beaujolais wine region, where we stop for a wine tasting lunch. We continue to Lyon, our last destination and the grand finale to our journey. Our hotel is in the historic city center and a few steps from hundreds of restaurants to choose from.
Overnight: Lyon  Meals: B, L
Day 12
This morning we take a guided walking tour of the oldest part of this beautiful city. The afternoon is free to explore on our own. Tonight’s farewell dinner is a Michelin star gourmet affair.
Overnight: Lyon  Meals: B, D
Day 13
After breakfast we drive to the Lyon St. Exupéry Airport for our return flight.
 Meals: B

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